It was all over for us even before we took court for the bronze medal match. Frankly, we came to the Commonwealth Games looking for a gold medal. In the end the consolation was at least a medal, to add to the collections from Asian Games, Afro-Asian and South Asian Games.
With tennis not part of the Commonwealth Games programme in 2014, this was probably my last chance at these Games, so it is good to at least have a medal.
So it is now the fourth multi-discipline Games that I have a medal from. It does feel nice to have medals from so many Games to go along with the Grand Slams and Davis Cup successes that one has had for India.
It would have been great playing Rohan (Bopanna) and Somdev (Devvarman) for the gold, but it was not to be.
They are a young and very solid pair and it was a fine match. It is unfortunate one of us had to lose. We knew it would be a tough match and it was so in every sense. These boys played really high quality tennis. But we held them at bay.
One would have never imagined playing in front of so many people at an event outside of the Davis Cup and 5,000 people during the semi-finals and then again in the bronze medal match. It was great for tennis.
Somdev Devvarman won the men’s singles final to ensure we had at least one gold from tennis. Overall, we had one gold, one silver and two bronze medals from the Games. So India had a medal in four of the five events, though I personally think we had a shot at all five gold medals. But it was not to be.
Sania Mirza came out with a silver medal in singles and she showed that she is indeed the standard-bearer of Indian women’s tennis.
She is also in running for a second medal, where along with Rushmi Chakravarty, she will meet Nirupama and Poojashree Venkatesh in women’s doubles bronze medal match.
Elsewhere the Indian gold rush has continued with shooters, wrestler, both men and women, and weightlifters doing a great job.
There is a lot to come from boxing, where only one of the 10 Indians has failed to make the quarter-finals.
I am sure there are many medals on the way from shooting, table tennis, badminton, wrestling and many more Games.
It is good to see India go toe to toe with England in the fight for the second place on the medals tally. From fourth place in Melbourne in 2006, it is indeed a big leap and a great one for Indian sport. TCM